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Liz Huerta
about 1 month ago • Elgin, IL

Any dog food recs?

My dog is currently eating puppy purina but he doesn't seem to like it anymore as he likes to dump his bowl and ignore his food. We tried to give him the rachel ray brand hut he got sick. Would be interested to hear any recs.

Btw he about 2 and a small Pomeranian/chihuahua
23 replies
13 days ago
I get my pup the Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Large Breed Adult Dog Food.
29 days ago
Good question. We are trying the costco puppy chow but our new puppy is really not into it.
29 days ago
At 2-8 months we fed our two pups Wellness Complete Health Puppy Food formula, then we switched to Blue Wilderness, then to Costco's Nature's Domain (blue bag with the husky). My former dog, was a Costco dog. Two ingredients, sweet potato and salmon.
29 days ago
I second Royal Canine! We have been feeding it to all our dogs for years and the seem to love it.
29 days ago
I feel like a dog mom diva even saying this, but you could cook him fresh food. That’s what we did for our little guy, and now when he eats bagged food it tends to make him sick. So we stuck with it. We make a batch per week with ground pork, chicken or beef, rice and veggies. I’m sure the cost per meal is much higher, but he really is like a member of the family and I don’t do the math to even bother knowing how much more it is! It’s super easy to cook, there are tons of recipes online, and we even use it to help with food waste (we aren’t going to eat the whole spaghetti squash so it goes in his food, etc). And he eats like a little king and it makes me happy to know it’s all human-grade and mostly organic.
28 days ago
My French bulldog Bertie is an indifferent eater, the only dog I've ever owned who was like this. Makes me crazy when he skips a meal because he's pretty skinny to begin with. The only food that's consistently made the grade for him is NomNom, a "fresh frozen" offering with four different recipes to choose from. Single serving packages get shipped once a month in boxes with easily recyclable insulation.
28 days ago
I recommend Fromm. It’s more expensive but well worth it.
28 days ago
We just got a new puppy and we have been trying out all the different sample foods and other foods that our pet store recommended. He is crazy over Ziwi brand food. Also, our pet store recommended raw goat milk (they have it specifically for dogs) poured over any dry food and boy does our pup gobble up his food when that is added to it! I am realizing it is not cheap to keep up with the doggie food trends!
27 days ago
My chihuahuas love Merrick- chicken with kibble- and the chicken is freeze dried. They love it!!
27 days ago
I just cook chicken for my pitbull mix. I use the Great Value Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast from the frozen isle.
26 days ago
My chihuahua / jack russell mix has been doing well for the last couple years with NutriSource Chicken & Rice kibble - the kibble is very small which he seems to prefer.
26 days ago
Simply Nourish is amazing! We have used it for our American Eskimo for years!
23 days ago
I’ll second Liz’s recommendation of NutriSource...we use the grain free varieties. Our labradoodle gets tired of the flavor after a while so we just order a different flavored bag in the line each time and mix together...bingo, happy dog :)
23 days ago
This question was made for me! I went into a deep research hole a few months ago and landed on Royal Canin. Essentially, there's a FDA investigation between grain-free dog food and canine-dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), or canine heart disease, in layman's terms. Here's the FDA investigation: fda.gov/animal-veterinary/o.... It's still ongoing but enough of a potential link that I'd rather go with a grain-ful diet than grain-free.

I also read that the big box brands of Royal Canin, Purina Pro, and Hill's all have in-house vets that do extensive research to make sure their formulation is well-balanced, something that smaller brands might not have the funds to do. Purina is owned by Nestle, which is evil mega-corp, so I try to avoid any brand owned by them and I haven't seen any recalls or issues with Royal Canin so went with them. Cece's been pretty happy on Royal Canin!
22 days ago
We have been great believers in raw food diets. The two that we know the best are Northwest Naturals and Darwins. I'm not sure if either is available in Elgin (I grew up in St Charles and Geneva IL). But I am sure that there is a local source of high quality raw food.
19 days ago
I always recommend Nutro! It's great :)
see - Nutro
18 days ago
We feed Canine Caviar. The cooking process is different since they don’t use high temperatures like most other dog foods. My dogs have skin and digestive allergies so we buy the limited ingredient and it’s great.
18 days ago
We have been using Just Food For Dogs. Our dog is a service dog, and he LOVES it. Not only the frozen food, but we have made a few batches ourselves and also a big hit.
15 days ago
We were told by the vet to stay away from Blue Buffalo. We like Taste of The Wild and Royal Canine
14 days ago
If you're open to raw foods Darwin is a really great brand. It's incredibly healthy and dogs love it.
14 days ago
Our pup loves Merrick Lil’ Plates healthy grains for small breed dogs. She is a picky eater and has tiny teeth so we are glad we found this formula for small breeds!
14 days ago
My dog got an allergic reaction within seconds to Rachel Ray! I’m talking about bumps all over and whining. I felt so bad for her 😭

I’ve used the Purina One Grain free but my dog got bored of it. Ended up switching back to H‑E‑B Heritage Ranch.
14 days ago
You may try keeping the food and switching to a busy bowl. Boredom can cause that behavior too.
13 days ago

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